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Fall 2020

Has it been just seven months since we launched this newsletter? Our society has been challenged by multiple upheavals, each demanding much from us. But in facing these challenges, this time also has brought out the best in us.

Lamont faculty applied creative ideas to our daunting challenge last spring of implementing online instruction on a large scale, and our students continued to produce impressive work as performers, composers and scholars. We took steps this summer to accelerate a meaningful and sustainable response to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. The university has mounted impressive and thorough plans to open in the fall, offering a combination of in-person, hybrid and online instruction while keeping the health and safety of our community its highest priority. It has been a time when my pride in serving this remarkable community called Lamont grew. As this fall begins, we go forward in a world that continues to grapple with unprecedented change. I am confident that DU and Lamont will contribute positively to that change.

In this issue of Lamont Lyrics we share with you photos and videos of our response to the pandemic and a call for inclusion and diversity, news highlights and profiles of faculty, students, alumni, parents and donors – all foundational groups that define the Lamont community. Please enjoy, and stay safe and well.

Dr. Keith Ward, Director, Lamont School of Music     

Keith Ward

Take a Look at Us

A yearbook of challenges formed by our response to the pandemic and a call for inclusion and diversity.

Virtual performance

Lamont Concert & Events Calendar

Since we are unable to invite our audiences to the Newman Center this fall, all Lamont concerts and recitals will be streamed. Watch for an online schedule.

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Introducing a Lamont graduate making his mark in film, an award-winning student, parents who are Lamont Opera Theatre fans, one of our most deeply involved Lamont Society donors and a passionate just-retired member of our faculty.

Robert Wolff


Robert Wolff BM 1983 in oboe performance, was scoring editor for three of John Williams' Star Wars films and is currently editing a massive recording project for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Photo: Andrea Shea, WBUR. A playback session for Shostakovich: Symphony #8, Symphony Hall, Boston, March 2016. (L to R) BSO recording engineer Nick Squire, Maestro Andris Nelsons and Robert.

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James Nickell


Just entering his senior year, percussionist James Nickell already has a number of school-wide and international awards listed in his biography.

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Ann and Brian Fitzgerald


Ann and Brian Fitzgerald's son Trey, a senior vocalist, has turned his parents into Lamont Opera Theatre fans.

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Jennifer Heglin and Joe Docksey


A long-time Lamont Society donor, Jennifer Heglin takes special care of students by funding scholarships and student awards.

Photo: Jennifer with former Lamont director Joe Docksey at Showcase Lamont.

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Antonia Banducci


An avid bicyclist who recently retired from our faculty, Antonia Banducci has inspired students with her passion for music history and service to the Lamont community for 25 years.

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News Stories

Lamont news stories included an introduction to new trombone faculty member Richard Harris, a new book by Jack Sheinbaum and national coverage for the Spirituals Project on the CBS Evening News.

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The Spirituals Project on CBS Evening News

In honor of Black History Month, CBS News met a group on a mission to preserve and revive a rich musical treasure.

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Richard Harris
New Faculty Trombonist Continues Musical Journey With the Lamont School of Music

He’s had a long career as an in-demand performer, but trombonist Richard Harris says it always was part of his plan to end up in academia.

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John Sheinbaum
What is Good Music?

In his new book, musicology professor John Sheinbaum urges readers to rethink how we evaluate music. “This idea that there is good music and bad music is something that people do, rather than an absolute truth in the music itself,” says Sheinbaum.

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The Lamont School of Music is grateful for the generosity of donors who have made a significant impact through the Lamont Society. Thank you.

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